Continuing our idea of covering the less important positions in fantasy football first in a “Too Soon” draft preview, we move on from kickers to give you our rankings of NFL defense and special teams packages.
In the actual game of football, a stellar defense is extremely important. But just like in a real NFL game, a fantasy D/ST can only be as good as the team’s offense coupled with how bad the opponent’s offense is. You can have a defense that only allows 50 yards a game and still get screwed if those 50 yards are accumulated in the red zone over and over again because your quarterback keeps throwing picks and your running back can’t hold onto the football. And unless you had Devin Hester in the backfield for the past 5 years, kick and punt returns are usually a point bonus that you don’t rely on.
And unless you pick up a top 5 defense, chances are you are going to trade or release yours when the Bye Week comes, so why worry too much about it? I think I changed by defense 5 or 6 times last year after the Houston Texans defense was left for dead by all of Matt Schaub’s touchdown passes… for the opposing teams.
We will get more in depth with all positions as the NFL season draws closer but, for now, here is our D/ST rankings list based on:
a) Strength of defense.
b) Turnover ratio.
c) Opponent scoring potential/strength of schedule.
d) Special teams ability.
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